Tenacious God,
You’ve mentioned “be robust and brave.”  And right here we’re with quivering hearts, apprehensive about what must occur.

Do we actually want to make use of our shaking voices?
Will they hearken to us or throw us apart?
Will my one voice matter?

I do know what my job is.  I understand how you’re calling and the highway you’re setting earlier than me.

I don’t wanna go!

How about that power and braveness you had been sharing with Joshua?  Will you share it with me at present?  Will you give me the fortitude of Rosa Parks or Dietrich Bonhoeffer?  Will I stand whenever you’ve requested me to face and sit whenever you’ve known as me to sit down?  Or will the gusts of concern intimidate me?

I request a highway lined with items of persistence, willpower, and resilience, God.  I want holy audacity to enter my coronary heart to face the hate that has contaminated your world.


The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois. Her essay “At all times a Pastor, By no means the Bride” was within the RevGalBlogPals ebook There’s a Lady within the Pulpit. She additionally has chapters within the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Inventive Clergy and A Little one Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at http://www.michelletorigian.com.

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